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8.5" x 12" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary
I have neglected my blog and my art studio for the past few months. I have been pouring all of my creative energy into directing a show at my local, community theater.
My husband and I helped to start a community theater in our small town nearly 40 years ago. Since it began I have directed over 17 different productions. My last show was "1776" 14 years ago. I really had moved on and didn't think I would ever direct a show there again - for lots of reasons.
Last spring a former student and the current president of the community theater came to visit my husband and I in our high school classrooms and pleaded for us to come back and do another show. It's impossible to say no to a former student. We said yes. So for the past year, we have been planning, designing and calling in favors to create a production of "Man of La Mancha."
"Man of La Mancha" is a huge production and tells the story of Don Quixote. I have loved this show for over 30 years (lots of nostalgic dates in this post) so it was the show I most wanted to build. I cast the production back in November and started building the set and costumes right away.
This is one of the first dictionary pages I have created since starting the show. I am using it as a Thank You gift for my cast and crew. I loved this dictionary page with its many references to Don Quixote. I selected the word "Quixotic" to feature. Quixotic (strangely pronounced kwix-otic) is being Quixote-like and having lofty schemes, visionary, idealistic. These are all the characteristics and attributes I love about this particular musical. I think we could all use some Quixotic effects in our lives.
I had a great time creating my own versions of the visionary, madman Quixote and his always faithful squire, Sancho Panza.